Press Release2 Min

Pusan terminal is world’s first to implement disruptive BOXBAY high-bay storage system

Dubai, 08. Mar 2023


  • Pusan Newport Corporation (PNC), a subsidiary of DP World, has commenced work to integrate BOXBAY technology
  • The high-bay storage (HBS) system technology will increase efficiency, safety and sustainability at the successful South Korean terminal
  • Project with PNC represents important milestone in BOXBAY’s commercialization

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2023: The first commercial use of the revolutionary BOXBAY high-bay storage system was announced by DP World for its terminal in Busan, South Korea. A respective contract was signed on March 8 between Pusan Newport Corporation (PNC) and BOXBAY FZCO initiating the design and engineering works for the site.

The signing took place in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, and was signed by Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Burkhard Dahmen, Chairman and CEO of SMS group, the two partners behind BOXBAY.

Mathias Dobner, BOXBAY CEO: “Realizing our first commercial BOXBAY system is a tremendous success within such a short period of time after finishing the tests in our proof-of-concept facility in Dubai. With BOXBAY, we will help PNC to increase its competitiveness further. In Busan, we will once again demonstrate that our system can help port operators worldwide to overcome current challenges and get ready for the future. With the trust of a highly efficient terminal like that planned for PNC, we are confident of expanding our business further across the industry.”

PNC already operates one of the highest performing container terminals in Asia. The addition of BOXBAY’s technology will allow PNC to boost its efficiency even further. 

The BOXBAY high-bay storage technology will be seamlessly integrated along with the existing mode of ARMG/truck operations as a retrofit on an existing empty storage area.

The system allows direct access to each container at any time, eliminating 350,000 unproductive moves per year. This will improve the overall truck servicing time by 20 percent, further improving PNC’s service delivery to its customers. BOXBAY is fully automated with additional safety features built in. DP World also intends to power it by using solar energy, generated by photovoltaic panels on the roof of the storage system.

Tiemen Meester, COO Ports & Terminals, DP World, said: “We have long invested in new and innovative technology that will improve and modernise our ports and terminals. It’s a tremendous step forward to announce our first commercial use of BOXBAY. The PNC terminal is an exemplary operation that is already technologically advanced and forward focused. With the introduction of the BOXBAY high-bay storage system, we will be able to better serve our customers while keeping our people safe and cutting carbon emissions from the environment.”